Tokyo

To say that Tokyo is an interesting city is a gross understatement, and a handful of pictures certainly won’t do it justice. Here they are anyway. 

Walking to the Meiji Jingu Shrine means walking through a scenic park that feels quire removed from  downtown Tokyo. Before entering, one may use a station such as this to purify oneself.

Purification

The shrine keepers use large brooms to methodically sweep leaves. It was pleasant to watch. Meiji Jingu

 

Tokyo, like any city, can be unexpected.
Cats love coke

Shimokitazawa, a hip neighborhood with many small shops is a fantastic neighborhood for a long walk.

Shimokitazawa

A small market near Asakusa selling octopus.
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Tonkotsu ramen from Ichiran is standard (good) Japanese Ramen that costs about 800 JPY (around 8 USD).  Though it might be considered by some to be a bit generic, it’s still a step above the average Singapore ramen (understandably).
Ichiran

Pictures aren’t allowed inside the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. Just outside is this large Totoro statue, happily welcoming visitors.

Totoro, Ghibli

I didn’t spend much time in Roppongi, but found this small taste of home there. As it was still early (about 8pm?) the place was empty – not quite befitting a true Milwaukee bar. Still, a welcome sight.
Milwaukee Bar, Tokyo

Ventured to this place on the recommendation of a friend and found (below) a very generous bowl of Tonkotsu for under 500 JPY. It was probably the best bowl I found in Tokyo, especially considering the price.
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2014 Catchup 3

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The historic temples were “lost” for a few hundred years and “rediscovered”in the early twentieth century. Though the tourism/commercialism of the history dominates, the state can’t be easily dissociated from the (relatively) recent government brutality and (ongoing) exploitation. 

2014 Catchup 2

Finding live and independent music can be difficult in Singapore. There don’t seem to be a lot of venues supporting new musicians. 

I was lucky to make a friend who invited me to a cd release show in Little India. Unfortunately, I can’t find the band information anymore – this was around Feb 2014.